Originally Posted by OpsCaptain
Unfortunately Facebook does utterly destroy Photo quality. I would disagree however that it says the photographer necessarily has a lot to learn. While there are some websites that allow free hosting where you can put a portfolio up most sites require some sort of subscription fee or you have to start up and pay for your own website. While having your own website is all fine for a photography company; a single individual photographer who has a startup company but the photography (although of professionally quality) is only a side job; or something where real income isn't generated probably doesn't have the means need or desire to setup their own website
then they're simply a hobbyist at best, or more likely, hes just a guy with a camera. Everybody has their friend who got a camera for their birthday and started up a facebook page a week later for their "photography". the no facebook rule is the easiest way to weed those people out.
would you take a mechanic seriously if he didn't have his own garage or tools? what if a guy wants to join your paintball team and says "i'm really good, i just don't have any of my own gear".
putting your stuff on facebook doesn't mean you're a bad photographer and having a website doesn't mean you're a good one. What having a website does mean though, is that you take yourself seriously enough to invest the time, energy, and resources into creating a more professional portfolio.